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Falcons Lions Betting Tips – Falcons Try To Wrap Up Home-Field Advantage

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/17/2012 5:27:39 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are now just one win away from securing the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and home-field advantage through the NFC Championship Game.

Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions – Saturday, December 22    
Betting line: Atlanta -3.5

Why Atlanta Will Win

The online sports betting legal community has to be very impressed with what Atlanta did against the defending Super Bowl champions this past Sunday. The Falcons and the New York Giants were viewed to be equals from a betting standpoint. Las Vegas felt that the game was basically a toss-up, but the Falcons tossed around the Giants instead. Matt Ryan was very sharp at quarterback for Atlanta, giving head coach Mike Smith the kind of performance that will give the Falcons a chance to win big games in January. The defense was even better, pitching a shutout against a New York offense that rumbled for 52 points a week earlier against the New Orleans Saints. Atlanta simply maxed out in so many ways, and what's important to realize is that the Falcons were very, very physical against one of the more imposing teams in the league. The Giants have been a very intimidating team at times this season, especially when they crushed the San Francisco 49ers, arguably the current favorite to make the Super Bowl from the NFC. Atlanta's ability to manhandle the Giants bodes well for this team heading into Detroit.

One also has to point out that Atlanta's chances of winning are enhanced by the Lions themselves. Detroit was supposed to clean the clocks of the Arizona Cardinals, but instead, the Honolulu Blue and Silver were wiped off the map by a team that had lost nine straight games. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw multiple pick-sixes, the latest collapse in what has been a horrible season for the still-young quarterback. Detroit is a team in complete freefall, and that's probably the biggest reason why Atlanta will win.

Why Detroit Will Win

When football betting pundits look at the Lions' path to victory in this tilt, they're going to point out that Atlanta has not been a relentlessly consistent team in terms of producing powerful, big-boy performances. The 34-0 win over the Giants was conspicuous not for its regularity in this 2012 season, but for the way in which it stood out from the rest of the Falcons' games. Atlanta has been playing so many contests close to the vest this season that the team's bona fides were questioned a lot. Now that Atlanta is in such good shape for the NFC playoffs, the Falcons might relax and think they have it made. Detroit, playing at home in a climate-controlled environment, might be able to find the rhythm with its passing game that has been missing in previous weeks.

Who Will Win

It’s certainly possible that Detroit will win, but the Lions just haven't earned a bettor's trust this season. Atlanta has regained something of an edge and should play very well on Saturday.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Atlanta


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